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    On Morale, or should enemies run away

    Bonanno was in prison for contempt of court when he was released early for health reasons, not anything like murder or racketeering. He wouldn’t have spent years in prison for that. And he was released in 1986 and died in 2002. So I think he’s a good example. Omertà being mainly a fiction, yeah...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    What the design intent was and how you played it are not the same things. The templates give a pretty good idea of where the designers thought appropriate attribute levels lay, and they're almost all in the 8-12 range. I find it interesting that you pull out this math here, but refuse to...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    According to this source (The Bandala Method of Hunting Elephant on Foot from Sudan Notes and Records vol 13 no 2, 1930), six men was a standard elephant hunting group in Sudan. Not a single man, but not battalions either. Armed with spears, the objective was to hamstring the elephant by...
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    Rule books and setting bibles: which will players read?

    Who are you people playing with?
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    I'm pretty sure the design intent was for your Attributes to be generally lower in GURPS 4th edition than 3rd, so maybe that's the disconnect. I always saw the templates as "good starting point, pick one of these and then add in what's missing." They'd make sure you didn't miss a crucial skill...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    You may have started with such a character, but as I have noted, the character templates the game provides you with reckon that ST 11 or 12 is good for a historical melee fighter. And a hard one too, a Knight for instance. A score of 15 or more is considered Amazing and draws constant comment...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    Yeah, but a level 1 Dark Sagas character clearly starts off weaker than a typical super-heroic 250 point GURPS character. The templates for Bandit, Knight and Slayer in GURPS Fantasy for 4th edition all have ST 11, which changes the math only slightly. So I think my example holds here. After...
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    Rule books and setting bibles: which will players read?

    It depends entirely on the players, the system and the setting in question. I've had a player ask every time "so which do I roll" for say an attack. But the same player once figured out that the system we were using was the same one underlying the Knights of the Old Republic video game (the D20...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    Here’s the thing. Going into combat with a hippo can kill you. It’s dangerous. But you know what else can kill you? A man in a suit of armor wielding a lance and sitting on a big horse. A Panther tank barreling down at you among the hedgerows of Normandy. An American soldier in the jungles of...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    You know you can buy HP separately in GURPS right? So start with ST 10, no extra HP and it’s like going to ST 14, extra HP 4 (the increase is times 1.8) Fully doable in a GURPS campaign. Remember, we’re talking about a character that ignores everything else and goes hard for an increase in HP...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    The small, normal and large piercing damage only modifies damage that gets through the DR of the armor, it has no effect on armor penetration. And ballistic armor does not work that way. The variable damage rolls simply don't interact well with extremely detailed modeling of armor types and hit...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    Considering the Air Force actually went to court with Pinnacle over fraudulent claims that their armor had ben NIJ approved when it hadn't yet been so and that the SOV 3000 has actually had its NIJ class III rating revoked, yeah, I'm not so sure that GURPS models that one correctly. But that's...
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    On Morale, or should enemies run away

    In the end, everyone ends up dead. But Joe Bonanno (namesake of the Bonanno family) died of heart failure at age 97. Joe Profaci (head of what is now the Colombo family) died of liver cancer at age 64. Lucky Luciano died of a heart attack a free man. So not everyone goes out in prison or with a...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    Yeah, I wasn't quoting you there. You said you were done with the hippo thing, so I'm not going to keep pressing you on it. Anyone else who gets in on the discussion, sure, but if you're done with it, that's fine with me. Anyway, on armor. One thing that is seldom modeled in rpgs is fatigue, at...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    The thing is you don't have to guess. There's a firsthand account of how people hunt hippos today, or at least recently, posted in this thread. They go out in boats and throw spears at them, then herd the hippo where they want it and finish it off or let it die of blood loss. This idea that...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    Problem with GURPS there though is the very variable bullet damage means bullet-resistant armor does not have the type of effect it should have, where a certain class of armor will stop a bullet of a given caliber at a certain speed, almost every time (the first hit at least).
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    You can grip a sword by the blade. As for hitting the head, I'm not sure how you could miss it. A hippo is mainly head from the front, they have itty bitty little legs and massive heads. You'd not be able to hit the belly with a spear set against its charge either, you'd have to go for the head...
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    Setting-Specific Terms: How Much is Too Much?

    I prefer that game terms be kept simple and clear. Either use terms that have become common in rpgs and so are understood by many, or use terms that are pretty much self explanatory. Game Master and Referee are both fine. Hollyhock God? No. In-setting stuff is different though. Countries...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    I was talking more about military grade stuff, the type with plate inserts. Those don’t really deflect much, they can’t as they’re solid. But I checked on the fabric types, and apparently the US standards allow for twice as much deflection as the European standards. 44mm for NIJ vs 25 mm for...
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    When a Knight lunges out, and a Bassinet protects your snout, that's Armour-eh?

    You can clarify what injuries a character suffers too in a D&D style system. Adventurer, Conqueror, King has a table you roll on if you reach 0 HP, but you don't do it during the fight, you roll on it when someone comes and checks on the casualty. Keeps the combat flowing and then you deal with...
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